Fort Tejon, California
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(2002) Enlarge Museum. Peter Lebec killed by a bear. Sign reads:
"In 1889, lettering, in reverse, on the inside of the bark of the Lebec Oak was discovered by a lady of the Foxtail Rangers. After the bark was stripped from the tree the entire inscription was found. Lebec Oak inscription loaned by the Kern County Museum."
Peter Lebec was a French fur trapper in the area about 1837 when he came across a grizzly bear that attacked and killed him

(2002) Museum. Sign reads:
"The U.S. Army on the Western Frontier: With the sights and sounds of battle still fresh in their memories, the U.S. Army's "bluecoats" headed west at the end of the Mexican War. Between 1845 and 1848, the United States acquired more than one million square miles by annexation, conquest, and treaty, almost doubling its territory. The government then assigned the Army to map this vast domain and to protect American settlers venturing into the new lands.
Thinly scattered at remote posts from California to Texas and from Oregon to New Mexico, about 8,000 troops went on frontier duty. From 1854 to 1861, companies of the famed 1st U.S. Dragoons manned Fort Tejon. Dragoons, part of the Army since 1833, were like cavalry -- soldiers trained to fight on horseback."

(2002) Museum

(2002) Federal reenactors play period baseball on the parade ground

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